Postgraduate Research Orientation

Orientation materials
Orientation and Induction registration

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Community

HDR Orientation and Induction Tuesday 19 March 2019

Welcome to your time as a postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

You are joining more than 1000 other postgraduate research students in the Faculty, who are working towards one of eight degrees – the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Social Sciences, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Social Work, Master of Philosophy, Master of Education by Research and Master of Arts by Research. Some of you will be studying full-time with us, while others will be studying part-time. Some of you will have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney; others will have come from a wide range of other Australian or international universities.

This diversity is one of the strengths of the Faculty’s postgraduate research programs, but it can also cause confusion. You will meet other postgraduate research students who will be working in quite different ways towards their degrees. That is why we have provided the orientation materials on this site, which will answer some of the questions you are sure to have about your postgraduate research program.

We also run orientation sessions for postgraduate research students at the start of each semester, a major one in March and a shorter one in August. (Students who enrol in Semester 1 are welcome to attend the August orientation, whether or not they have attended the March orientation.) To register for the next orientation, please do so below.

We may not be able to answer all your questions through the materials below, or at your orientation, however your supervisors, other academics and administrative staff are available during research periods to help you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch whenever you have questions or concerns about your program.

Best wishes for your research studies at the University of Sydney. We hope you enjoy your time with us.

Professor Daniel Anlezark
Associate Dean, Higher Degree Research
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

HDR Orientation and Induction Tuesday 19 March 2019

You are invited to the Faculty's HDR Orientation and Welcome

This session will overview many of the services and facilities available for higher degree research students and invited speakers will offer advice on managing your postgraduate research. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow students and introduce yourself to academic staff, as well as get to know your Faculty or School before you start.

Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm, Tuesday 19 March 2019 (morning tea and lunch provided)

Where: RD Watt Building, A04, Seminar Room 203 , Level 2, Science Road
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Please RSVP by Friday 8 March 2019 to receive the program for the day.

Orientation materials

Course information and postgraduate research subject areas

For information on your course requirements and the postgraduate subject areas available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please visit here.

Faculty research facilities
Information on the Faculty's research facilities, such as the Postgraduate Arts Research Centres (PGARC) please email:

Research Coordinators

For a detailed list of all the Faculty Research Coordinators by department, please refer to the following page

University Services

To access information on the available University support services, please visit the University Services website.

University research support, ethics and scholarships

For information on research support and Research Integrity and Ethics Group, please visit the following website. For scholarship information, please visit Scholarships and Financial Support.


The Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) is an independent representative association providing advice, advocacy and support services to the postgraduate students at the University of Sydney. To find out further information about SUPRA, please visit their website.